Phuket Island, better known as Phuket to many people, has been called the pearl of the Andaman sea. It has beautiful jungles, amazing diving spots, and some of the best beaches you will find. Truly, it is a haven.
There is really something for everyone here, especially for families young and old.
Really, there are enough things to do in this small part of Thailand that you wouldn’t even have to venture off of the island. It is famous for amazing nightlife, many outdoor activities, and a lot of shopping. However, some things do stand apart. Here are the top things to do in Phuket with your family:
1. Go on a Private Party Boat
If you want to have a truly miraculous experience, your family can rent out a party boat. Children and parents love this because you get to control what happens. For a place with a lot of nightlife, many nighttime cruises can get a little crazy for children. If you go on your own party boat, you get to control what happens. If your entire family is visiting, you can even go crazy with a live DJ, fireworks, and even a full meal. Or you can scale it down to a simple boat that takes you out to see the sunset.
Make sure to do some studying to find out which company will fit your needs the best.
2. Zipline adventure in Kathu
If you are looking for some action and activity that is completely safe, the Zipline Adventure in Kathu is a fantastic option. It will take you deep into the jungle of Phuket Island where the trees are thick and there are many animals. From there, you and your children get to take a sky rail, go on two sky bridges, ride fifteen ziplines, and complete 28 stages of the course.
This does require some physical activity and it isn’t recommended for people who aren’t used to working out, or you will hurt the next day.
3. Go Scuba Diving on Phuket Island
For something that is a little more low impact and accessible to every family, going scuba diving in Phuket Island will allow you to discover an absolutely gorgeous world lurking below the surface. This is open to beginners and children aged ten and over. You do want to ensure that your children can swim so that they can take in the diverse marine life, including beautiful and color corals and an endless number of fish species.
As a bonus, you get an underwater photo experience that will sure to be a family favorite for years to come.
Since the coral is disappearing and the fish are retreating further into the sea, now is the time to take part in the scuba diving.
4. Go on an ATV Tour to See Elephants and Other Animals
An ATV is an “All Terrain Vehicle” and it is definitely something you’ll need to go on this tour. You will ride up and down the muddy trails of Phuket Island – some of which are quite steep and rocky. It is a great way to see all of Phuket in a short period of time – and you’ll see parts that are inaccessible without these vehicles.
Some tours even take you to one of the most popular attractions on the island – you get to ride through the tropical rain forest on the back of an elephant! This is a slower way to travel, for sure, but it allows you to see Phuket from a much different vantage point.
5. Surfing Lessons in Kata Beach
If you already know how to surf, this one might be something you skip. If you don’t (or your children don’t), it is a must have. They will see people surfing all over the island and will want to experience the adrenaline rush. You can take a class with a surf instructor who knows how to speak English and who knows how to work with people of all skill levels. Most of the courses are geared toward beginners
The best lessons are on Kata Beach, which is about 10 minutes away from Patong. Even better? Instructors guarantee that you will be able to ride a wave on your first lesson – great for people who don’t live near the ocean but what to experience it.
6. Go on a Fishing Trip on Racha Island
Racha island is arguably the most beautiful island in all of Thailand, and it just happens to be located right near Phuket. It also happens to be the site of some world class fishing. You can get these from Chalong pier, where boats wait to take people.
Racha island is a beautiful beach that tourists sometimes skip, so there is a lot more “relaxation” here than you’d get on other beaches. You can snorkel and fish here as well, meaning you can do it all and spend the day.
7. Go to The Palazzo
If you like to enjoy foods that are well prepared in combinations that you wouldn’t be able to come up with on your own, consider taking in the world-class cooking and entertainment at The Palazzo. The beautiful location is spectacular to see by itself and everyone will enjoy themselves. While the food is a bit pricey, it is really the experience that comes along with it that will have everyone laughing, clapping, and making memories.
The food comes with a colorful show that features circus acts, live music, comedians, and traditional Thai performances. You will pick up some of the Thai culture as well as information about Phuket itself.
8. Take a Bike Tour
While there are many different kinds of tours that you can take, a bike tour is slow enough so that you can really enjoy what you are looking at but moves a little more quickly than a walking tour so that you can cover more ground. The countryside of Phuket is beautiful and well equipped to handle bikes. This is a great option for people who don’t want to spend all of their time at the beach.
When on the tour, you’ll go through rubber and pineapple plantations and through small, traditional Thai villages. Some tours even stop for opportunities to get up close and personal with gibbons! Make sure to do some research to find out which tours give you what you need – especially if you have younger children.
9. Go to Patong Boxing Stadium
Paton Boxing Stadium is known around the world as the home to the Muay Thai fights. While it isn’t quite as well known as the Lumpinee in Bangkok, it is well known. It is the biggest stadium in southern Thailand and on Monday and Thursday nights, you’ll see some fo the most competitive Muay Thai fighters. You will see rising stars practicing, living legends coaching, and all kinds of entertainment.
This is treated much like a football game or a baseball game is treated here, so prepare for lots of people and shouting.
10. Take a Family Cooking Class
Thai food is available all over the world, but those are Americanized recipes. Taking a cooking class in Phuket will allow you to learn traditional recipes. There are many cooking classes available, some that will teach you one difficult meal and others that will teach up to five easier meals. Foodies should definitely consider this a great option – and you get a free meal with it.
Make sure to look for child-friendly classes. Some even have separate areas for kids to make their own meals!
Bonus: Big Buddha
One of the must see attractions for everyone in Phuket is the Big Buddha. This sits atop a mountain between Chalong Bay and Kata Beach. It is a sight that will take your breath away, even if it is always under construction. You can see the Big Buddha from just about anywhere on the island.
It has a calming air for anyone who gazes upon it and some of the most beautiful craftsmanship around. It creates two separate images of Buddha. Not only that, but climbing to it with hundreds of other tourists will allow you some of the best visions of the island.
This was a list of the best things to do with children in Phuket. Of course, since were limited to ten, there are things that are missing. Phuket Island is easily one of the best places to travel – we could easily have a top 100 things to do list.